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The Civic Scene: Queens high school grads win more scholarship aid

By Bob Harris

These Class of 2000 high school graduates were accepted to and received scholarships from CUNY, SUNY, other New York City and New York state schools, plus colleges and universities from all over the United States.

One might be surprised to hear that Queens high school students did so well, considering all the headlines about overcrowding, poor conditions, poor test scores, and poorly performing teachers. Actually, we have hundreds of schools with several thousand students in them who are studying, learning, being taught by dedicated teachers, developing skills and able to collectively earn $58 million in scholarships when they graduate from high school.

Many students do have family, cultural, cognitive, developmental and learning problems, but considering t that the schools are so badly underfunded, they do achieve much.

It seems that New York City gives Albany $2.6 billion more in taxes a year than it gets back in state funds. New York City gets 37 percent of its federal tax money back while Georgia receives 130% of its federal tax money. It

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